Lady Clarets take a huge stride towards league survival

GOAL: Clarets celebrate Sarah Buffel's goal against the City of Manchester
GOAL: Clarets celebrate Sarah Buffel's goal against the City of Manchester

Burnley Ladies took a huge stride towards North West Women’s Premier League survival when they earned four points from a double-header against a strong City of Manchester side.

Charlotte Hartley, 24 hours after scoring the winning goal for Bowdon High Town in the national hockey league cup final, spurred Burnley to their most impressive performances of the season.

In the first game, the Clarets went ahead when a free kick from skipper Jo Holt was met with an emphatic header from Sarah Buffel.

Burnley doubled their lead before the interval when an exquisite diagonal pass from Kelly Dean found Jane Sexton, whose 20-yard strike arrowed into the roof of the net.

That proved sufficient for a 2-0 victory and three precious points.

In the second match, the Lady Clarets went ahead when Em Forrest expertly controlled the ball on the edge of the box and drilled a shot home.

In the second half, Burnley had a great opportunity to double their lead when Jade Brindle was upended in the area, but Forrest’s well-struck penalty was saved.

Five minutes from time, Manchester equalised to earn a 1-1 draw.

Today, Burnley host Northwich Vixens in their last game of the season at the Barden Sports Ground.